Cincinnati schools expanding suicide prevention efforts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in Cincinnati’s schools are expanding anti-suicide efforts after notifying students’ families of two teens who took their own lives this year.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports ( ) the 34,000-student district is trying to stem what health officials and faith leaders are calling a crisis of area teens committing suicide.

District spokeswoman Janet Walsh says they have a community strategy involving all of the school social workers and counselors to speak with all students between fifth- and 12th-grade.

Superintendent Mary Ronan sent students and their families a letter that listed suicide prevention resources available through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The district also sent parents and guardians a two-page guide on how to talk about suicide and depression with children.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,